Above / The DuPage County House is located at 505 N County Farm Road in Wheaton, Illinois. (PN File Photo)
UPDATE, May 25, 2017 / Tues., May 30 (time TBD) is the tentative date Sara Case is scheduled to hold a news conference at Edward Hospital to provide the latest information about her husband, Michael Case, the Amtrak conductor who was shot at the Naperville train station.
Michael Case remains in serious condition.
Edward Hospital plans to provide an update on Fri., May 26, 2017.
Update submitted by Keith Hartenberger, Public Information Officer, for Edward Hospital.
WHEATON – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall announced today that charges have been filed against a Wisconsin man for allegedly shooting an Amtrak conductor in Naperville on May 16, 2017. Edward Klein, 79 (d.o.b. 11/27/1937) of East Allis, Wisconsin, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $1.5 million with 10% to apply. Klein is charged with one count of Attempt Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Both charges are Class X Felonies.
At approximately 9AM May 16, 2017, an Amtrak train bound for Chicago left Kansas City with Klein allegedly on board. The train pulled into the downtown Naperville train station at approximately 4:45 that afternoon at which time some of the passengers disembarked the train. Klein allegedly remained on the train. It is alleged that after the doors closed, Klein pulled a revolver, stuck his arm out of the window of the train door and fired one shot, striking the victim in the abdomen. It is further alleged that Klein then attempted to exit the train through the same window but was unable to as train personnel and other passengers detained him until authorities arrived. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries.
“The charges against Mr. Klein are very serious and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Berlin said. “While the injuries sustained by the victim in this case are quite severe, it is my sincerest hope that he will make a full recovery and be back on the job soon. I would like to thank authorities with Amtrak as well as the Naperville Police Department for their quick response to this situation. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Claudia Fantauzzo and Steve Knight for their efforts on this case.”
“I commend our investigators who worked diligently to piece together the facts of this case, and I would like to thank Amtrak and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their cooperation in this investigation,” Marshall said. “I would also like to recognize the brave acts of the passengers who restrained the suspect until police arrived, preventing him from possibly inflicting more harm. We continue to keep the victim and his family in our thoughts and hope for his full recovery.”
Next court appearance June 12, 2017
Klein’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 12, 2017, in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Updated news report submitted by Commander Louis Cammiso, Office of Professional Standards, for the Naperville Police Department.
Editor’s Note / Following the first report below, news stories stated that the injuries of Amtrak conductor Michael Case were critical.
According to an update from Edward Hospital, May 19, 2017:
· Edward Hospital immediately treated and resuscitated patient in the emergency department.
· Two trauma surgeons, Dr. Beatrice Klade and Dr. Peter Petratos, carefully assessed and took patient to the operating room at 5:55PM.
· Consulted with pancreatic specialist, Dr. George Salti, Director of Surgical Oncology for Edward-Elmhurst Health.
· Multiple intra-abdominal organ injuries were evaluated and treated.
· Patient is now in Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.
Update and photo submitted by Keith Hartenberger, Public Information Officer, for Edward Hospital.
Naperville Police investigate shooting at train station
Upon arrival officers located a male white subject, 45 of Homewood, a conductor on the Amtrak train, who was the victim of a single gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was subsequently transported to Edward Hospital in Naperville, and was conscious and alert at that time.
Officers also located a male white, in his 70s of Wisconsin, who was allegedly the suspect in the shooting. They found the subject being restrained by other passengers on the train.
The suspect was subsequently taken into custody and a handgun was recovered, there is no additional threat to public safety.
Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 or Naperville Crime Stoppers at (630) 420-6006.
Report submitted by Commander Louis Cammiso, Office of Professional Standards, for the Naperville Police Department.
Editor’s Note: City staff reported that to assist the commuters and public during an active police investigation at the downtown Naperville train station, local commuter Metra trains off-loaded passengers on the north side of the train station at 5th Ave and Ellsworth. Pace buses also were moved to the north side of the train station. Passenger pick-up was moved to the north side as well. Access to 5th Ave. was re-opened.
Visitors to downtown Naperville reported seeing helicopters hovering over the crime scene until early evening.